49 Marte.Marte Architekten

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Maiden Tower . Dafins

Marte.Marte Architekten . photos: © Marc Lins

What could match the massive presence of Marte‘s concrete home, this raw, stony material, this self-contained unit? Oxidizing steel: just as raw, just as authentic in its expression and its properties. The interior impression remains the same – wood surfaces, warm colors, fine pores.

The new exterior structure, on the other hand, is masculine, striving skywards, rising up from the surrounding landscape like the neighboring pear tree. That behind the massive exterior lies a building of lightweight materials may be inspired by the tale of the Trojan horse. A new space opens up between the two buildings, complemented by an in-ground pool – uncompromising, hard, less sensible, but therefore all the more magical, idiosyncratic, and sensuous. Oxidizing steel on the walls and bottom, encased like in a suit of armor. The tower also appears this way with its steel ventilation flaps to the north and south and fixed glazing to the east. Rapunzel, Rapunzel…. Through the library, down a few steps into the separate kitchen, and then through the dining room, facing the pool, the little princesses can climb the newel stairs to their bedrooms. There, they are presented with a view, on the one hand, of their parents’ protective house and, on the other, the nearby scenic forest. The spatial perspective mirrors this interplay of freedom and guidance, becoming a symbol of their possibilities for development within the family.
The whole structure seems so sealed off, but in terms of use, it not only offers an astonishing amount of free space, but also conveys respect and draws boundaries. This makes it possible to live together in a relatively small space and at the same time provides each person with opportunities for participation and private space. What an unparalleled atmosphere for the girls. If it is true that the first few years of life shape our future spatial desires, then these girls will have had a very valuable personal experience that their future Prince Charmings will probably not have had: a life in manifest appreciation.
(Marina Hämmerle)
House Marte

floor area 140m²
cubage 820m³
site area 1230m²
design 1992-1998
realisation 1998-2000
structure solid concrete construction
front in exposed concrete
interior finish in birch plywood

flooring birch plywood oiled/varnished, slate
heating geo-thermal heat pump
windows aluminium windows double glazed

specialist planners
structural consultant M+G Ingenieure, Josef Galehr, 6800 Feldkirch
ground engineering 3P Geotechnik, 6900 Bregenz
surveyor Markowski Straka ZT GmbH, 6800 Feldkirch
construction physics Bernhard Weithas, 6971 Hard
domestic engineering Martin Gludovatz, FL-9494 Schaan

builder Wilhelm und Mayer, 6840 Götzis
carpenter Summer Holzbau, 6832 Röthis
windows Jobarid, 6832 Röthis
solar protection Berthold Markus, 6830 Rankweil
interior finish Marte Althaussanierung, 6832 Röthis
electrical services Mathis Manfred, 6832 Zwischenwasser/Dafins
interior decoration Bechtold Thomas, 6832 Zwischenwasser/Muntlix
built-in furniture Plattner Tischlerei, 6845 Hohenems
landscape design Amann Jörg, 6842 Koblach
vacuum cleaning unit Martin Rüdisser, Schruns
natural stone work Höfle Naturstein, 6840 Götzis
kitchen/living room plan+raum Jürgen Krämer, 6890 Lustenau

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